Lesia Sochor will begin a new five-week session of watercolor classes Thursday, Sept. 19, at Merryspring Nature Center, 30 Conway Road. The watercolor classes will run Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon.

A graduate of the Philadelphia College of Art, Sochor is a dedicated and enthusiastic teacher who believes "anyone has the ability to create." While her classes focus on technical skills like edge control, tonal values and composition, she also encourages students to discover personal style and creative interpretation.

Sochor has lived, painted, exhibited and taught in Maine for 30 years.  She has been a visiting artist in Maine schools through the Maine Arts Commission, and she co-founded the Art Annex, a school in Belfast for youth and adults. She teaches annual art programs at Waterfall Arts and is currently teaching a teen program at Ironwood in Morrill.

Class size is limited, so pre-registration is required. The cost for the five classes is $190, with a $20 discount for Merryspring members.  To register, call 236-2239 or email info@merryspring.org.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115 or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.